How to protect yourself from theft outside of the home
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Historically, thieves have always targeted people outside of their homes, where pedestrians and commuters are naturally the most vulnerable to muggings, scams, and pickpocketing. Only last week, national treasure and comedian Michael MacIntyre was targeted by moped-assisted thieves while carrying out the daily school-run, proving that even the most popular celebrities are susceptible to attacks. Although there is no way to fully protect yourself from thieves, there are cautionary measures that a person can take to reduce their chances of becoming a thief’s next victim. Travel in well-lit areas Thieves are more likely to operate in areas that are less well-lit since the darkness obscures any identifiable features and makes it easier to approach a person without being seen. When commuting, it is safer to travel via routes that are well-lit by street lamps and avoid dark or narrow streets where thieves can easily strike. Travel in a group or in busy areas Although particularly busy areas such as tourist sites are the haunting grounds of professional pickpockets, it is usually safer to travel through populated areas where other pedestrians can also keep an eye out for unwanted crime or suspicious behaviour. Walking with a buddy or within a group is a great deterrent to thieves who tend to pick on isolated individuals who are naturally more vulnerable. Ditch headphones
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